Virginia Beach 3M Hearing Loss Lawyer
Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Hampton Roads are home to a large population of active-duty military members and veterans who have sacrificed everything to protect our freedoms and our country. In the past, government officials issued active military personnel 3M-manufactured Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2) to provide necessary noise-canceling protection from loud explosions and heavy machinery that can cause hearing loss and tinnitus. However, information has come to light that indicates these earplugs were ineffective. In some cases, the negligence of earplug manufacturers may have resulted in hearing loss or other ear injuries.
A Virginia Beach 3M hearing loss lawyer with Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers can work with you if you are a service member who is suffering from hearing loss or ringing in the ears due to manufacturer negligence. This includes effected servicemembers, particularly marines and army personnel.
Earplug manufacturers have a duty to warrant that their products function correctly, especially for those who put their lives on the line to protect us. When they fail to uphold this duty and you are injured as a result, you have the right to collect compensation for your injuries. If you or a loved one is suffering from hearing loss connected to military service while using CAEv2 between 2003 and 2015, you may have the right to obtain compensation and a dedicated product liability attorney could help you get it.
CAEv2 and Hearing Loss
The United States Government recognizes the detrimental effects that military service can have on a servicemember’s hearing. Consequently, the US Military turned to contractors to produce a combat-tested earplug to protect the ears of their soldiers. From 2003 to 2015, 3M’s predecessor Aereo Technologies, Inc., issued the CAEv2 as an earplug that could protect the user from loud explosions during active duty.
These earplugs, however, were found to improperly fit into the ear canal of users which would cause them to loosen easily and imperceptibly. Recently, a lawsuit was filed by the government against 3M that alleged that this loosening was enough to render these earplugs defective, entitling compensation to anyone who suffered hearing loss as a result. In this suit, the US Department of Defense alleged not only that 3M mass distributed defective CAEv2 earplugs to the military for years but that they were aware of potential defects and failed to disclose them. Although 3M did not admit to any negligence, they did agree to settle with the US Government for a sum of $9.1 million.
Legal Actions You Can Take Against 3M in Norfolk
A claimant in Hampton Roads can hold a product’s manufacturer responsible for any injuries incurred if they can prove the product was defective or improperly designed. This includes those affected by the CAEv2.
The fact that 3M settled with the US government does not mean that you will automatically receive compensation, but it can serve as evidence in a related case. A Virginia Beach 3M hearing loss lawyer can help determine whether your hearing loss case is related to 3M’s defective earplugs and establish what forms of compensation you are entitled to receive.
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A Virginia Beach 3M Hearing Loss Attorney is Here to Help
Veterans and active duty military folks in Hampton Roads, Norfolk, and across the country are assessing their options in the fallout of revelations that their military-issued earplugs may be responsible for permanent hearing loss and tinnitus. If you are one of these veterans, call or contact us to determine your legal options.
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers can help you hold the insurers for 3M and its predecessor, Aereo Technologies, Inc. accountable for their actions by demanding compensation for the harn their faulty earplugs caused. We can help you collect relevant evidence and witnesses who could assist in determining whether 3M is responsible. Contact one of our experienced Virginia Beach 3M hearing loss lawyers today for a free case evaluation. We have the experience in products liability and industrial hearing loss to get you the compensation you deserve.